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2020 Trail Workshops – Spring & Fall

Additional information will be posted as available on the Workshop webpage. In the meantime, please send your questions to the contacts for each workshop. Spring Workshop – Ghost Ranch (Abiquiu), New Mexico Host Trail organization: Continental Divide Trail Coalition Contact: Jackie Horne, jhorne@continentaldividetrail.org, 303.996.2759 Dates: May…

Preserving critical resources and closing gaps along national scenic and historic trails

by Gary Werner, Executive Director, Partnership for the National Trails System Congress’s intent in establishing the National Trails System was for national scenic trails to be continuous off-road pathways and for both the national scenic and national historic trails to preserve the natural, cultural, historic, and…

Celebrating 10 years as part of the National Trails System

In 2009, four new national scenic and historic trails joined the National Trails System, bringing the total number of Congressionally designated trails to 30. In 2019, nonprofit and Federal partners shared each trail’s history, accomplishments, and 10th anniversary events. To learn more about the trails, visit…

National Trails System 50th book to benefit PNTS

by Partnership for the National Trails System Adapted from news releases Steve Elkinton, former National Park Service (NPS) Program Leader for the National Trails System, has written the book, “A Grand Experiment—The National Trails System at 50.” Learn how the concept of a National Trails…

Help secure full annual funding of the LWCF and donate to support the work of the PNTS

by Gary Werner, Executive Director, Partnership for the National Trails System As we begin the second 50 years of building, protecting, interpreting, and maintaining the national scenic and historic trails, several new opportunities offer the prospect of significantly enhancing our efforts. The Partnership for the National…

Make the connection – the National Trails System

I am Alex Stigliano, Program Director for the Florida Trail Association. I devoted a decade of my career to teaching outdoor leadership skills to students of all ages because I believe it is the perfect classroom. People see themselves, each other, and their world most…

Find America’s Trails – Out There!

At 13, I was the smallest boy in my class. “Hey, Shrimp!” was a refrain often heard. On a 50-mile backpacking trip, my 80-pound body wrestled with a 35-pound pack. But “out there,” I found scenes more beautiful than pictures on a museum wall. Out…

Experience the heart of history on America’s national trails

I am Margaret Gorski, a volunteer leader with the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. In 1991, I was a U.S. Forest Service employee sitting in a circle of Nez Perce elders high in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho. I looked across a vast jumble of tree…

Explore. Dream. Discover – the National Trails System is here for you!

I’m Gary Werner, the Executive Director of the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS). Our organization advocates for the 30 amazing trails that together create an American legacy, the National Trails System. As a child, I walked with my parents across the glacial terrain…

Find Adventure on America’s Trails—Become a Supporter Today

Anish on the Continental Divide Trail. Photo Credit: Heather Anderson I am Heather Anderson, a 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. I am also Anishinaabe, and I am known as Anish on the trails. I have hiked and run 30,000 miles on our national…